Miscellaneous Lewis County, West Virginia Obituaries

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Bernice "Bunny" Allman
Bernice "Bunny" Barnett Allman died May 17, 2003, at East Cooper Regional Medical Center.

She had been a resident of Mt. Pleasant for six years.

She was born Dec. 12, 1914, in Harrison County, daughter of the late Clarence and Vada Davis Barnett.

Her husband, Mark Allman, preceded her in death in 1988.

Surviving are one daughter, Jean Allman Denning, and her husband, John, of Isle of Palms; one granddaughter, Jennifer Martelle, and her husband, Robert, of Forest City, N.C.; one grandson, John Denning II, and his wife, Kellie, of Baton Rouge, La.; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Lindsey and Madelyn Martelle; one nephew, Dr. John P. Shock of Little Rock, Ark.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Opal White, and her brother, Jenneth Barnett, both of Weston.

Mrs. Allman graduated from Weston High School in 1933. She and her husband lived in Charleston for 35 years, where he was employed by the DuPont Company at Belle.

A funeral service was held Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m., at Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, with the Rev. William Coffindaffer officiating. Burial followed in the Broad Run Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mrs. Allman's name may be made to St. Joseph's Home Health and Hospice, 92 W. Main St., Buckhannon, WV 26201. 
 

Billy R. Blankenship
Billy Roland Blankenship, 68, of Burnsville, died Tuesday, May 19, 2003, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, after a long illness.

He was born Dec. 10, 1934, at Little Birch, a son of the late Elijah Clinton and Bessie Lu (Hall) Blankenship.

His wife, Shirley May Williams Blankenship, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kimberly Blankenship of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two stepdaughters, Linda Perry of Bellingham, Wash., and April Perry of Suquamish, Wash.; two sisters, Cindy Blankenship of Sequim, Wash., and Ruby Stallings, address unknown; one son, Cletus Blankenship of Prescott, Ariz.; two grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Christine; and two brothers, Earl and Okey Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a construction worker and a Morman.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Mt. Olive Cemetery at Tioga. Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home at Flatwoods was in charge of funeral arrangements. 
 

Mary Pauline Dennison
Mary Pauline Dennison, 85, formerly of Route 1, Jane Lew, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at 11:10 p.m., at Sunbridge Care Nursing Home at Glenville.

She was born Dec. 15, 1917, at Mt. Clare, daughter of the late Phillip Clerdon and Sarah Amanda Burkhammer Dennison.

Surviving are an adopted son, Arthur W. Myers of Sunbridge Nursing Care Home, Glenville; one brother and sister-in-law, James Dolph and Virginia Dennison of Lockport, Ill.; one niece, Sandra Wolfe of Neviville, Ind.; one nephew, Philip C. Dennison of Lockport, Ill.; two great-nephews, Robert Wolfe of Merrillville, Ind., and Michael Wolfe of New York; one great-niece, Sarah Wolfe of Merrillville, Ind.; two special friends and caregivers, Dale and Kay Hosey of Weston.

Ms. Dennison had worked for Forinash and Son for 56 years and for Lovett's Drive-In for two years. She was a member of the Weston Senior Citizens; a 50-year member and past noble grand of Rebekah Lodge 101; and a member of the Modern Woodmen Camp in Weston. She was a graduate of Jane Lew High School with the Class of 1939 and a member of Clark Chapel United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 28, at 10 a.m., at Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, with the Rev. Conrad J. Tenney officiating. Burial will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery. Weston Rebekah Lodge 101 conducted a memorial service at the funeral home Tuesday evening, May 27. 
 

Joseph G. Newhouse
Joseph G. Newhouse, 91, of Route 1, Bridgeport (Hinkle Lake), died at 5:20 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 3, 1911, at Clarksburg, son of the late Joseph Brook and Loretta (Gorman) Newhouse.

His wife, Elizabeth Rae "Bettie" (Griffin) Newhouse, whom he married Feb. 1, 1941, preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1983.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Heidi Newhouse of Chula Vista, Calif., and Michael and Cathy Newhouse of Hoover, Ala.; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Bettie Jo Newhouse of Bridgeport, Patricia and Steve Mecham of Fort Collins, Colo., Mary and Tom Smith of Parkersburg, and Kathleen and Patrick Boyle of Weston; nine grandchildren, Pam (Newhouse) Bellinger, Jennifer (Newhouse) Elwell, James Newhouse, David Newhouse, Chris Gall, John Smith, Judy (Smith) Wilson, Kelsey Boyle, and Ryan Boyle; six stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, James E. Newhouse.

Mr. Newhouse retired as foreman for Union Carbide Corporation in Anmoore with more than 35 years of service. He was a lifetime member of and very active in All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport. He was a 65-year member of Knights of Columbus Council 872 and a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer for several years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport, with the Rev. Father Hilarion Cann as celebrant. Interment followed in the Bridgeport Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Newhouse's name may be made to All Saints Catholic Church. Boyle Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. 
 

Patricia Anne Robison
Patricia Anne (Peck) Robison, 74, of 11 Kitson St., Weston, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born March 24, 1929, at Grantsville, a daughter of the late Kesley and Bernice (Lobough) Peck.

Her husband, Ralph A. "Tiny" Robison, whom she married July 4, 1947, preceded her in death April 14, 2002.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn and Robert Fultineer of Weston; one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Michael and Patricia Ann Robison of Harrisville; five grandchildren, Robert Michael Fultineer and his wife, Josephine, of Prince George, Va., Kimberly Anne Derico and her husband, Tim, of Sandyville, Leslie Diane Perine and her husband, Jason, of Bridgeport, Elizabeth Ellen Poe and her husband, Scott, of Salem, and Michael Chase Robison of Harrisville; five great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Robert Stump and his wife, Mae, of Charleston, and Gary Pratt and his wife, Jeanette, of Harrisville.

Mrs. Robison was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Weston, the Pennsboro Order of Eastern Star, and the Lewis County Senior Citizens.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Boyle Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Interment followed in the Broad Run Cemetery. 
 

Guy Stout
Guy Stout, 79, of 552 Straight Run, Alum Bridge, Hurst community, died at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Lewis County, a son of the late Thomas and Mary Stout.

His wife, Jean Cottrell Stout, preceded him in death April 27, 1997.

Surviving are two sons, William A. Ross Jr. and Elton Ray Stout, both of Vadis; seven daughters, Delores Ross, Wilma Brown, and Marva Stout, all of Weston, Francis Hart of Belpre, Ohio, Arlene Stout of Nashville, Tenn., Valarie Gregg of Cumberland, Md., and Kay Kelley of Stafford, Va.; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bernard Stout of Hopewell, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Lonnie Wayne Stout.

Mr. Stout was a retired coal miner with Grafton Coal Company.

A funeral service was held Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at Floyd Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jack Streets officiating. Interment followed in the Carder Cemetery. 

Sherrill James Bleigh
Sherrill James "Shorty" Bleigh, 65, of Route 1, Walkersville, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

He was born June 26, 1937, at Kress, in Braxton County, a son of the late James E. Bleigh and Bernice Knicely Bleigh, who died March 31, 2003.

His wife, Karen McCartney Bleigh, whom he married Dec. 29, 1961, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Karen Lawler of Walkersville and Lorretta Snider and her husband, Rodney, of New Milton; one son, James Bleigh and his wife, Angela, of Martinsburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson; three brothers and one sister.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Bleigh retired as a custodian for the Lewis County Board of Education. He was a former member of the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department; served in the U.S. Army; and attended Mission Independent Church of Walkersville.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 17, at 1 p.m., at Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, with the Rev. Earl Cayton officiating. Interment followed in the Kincaid Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mr. Bleigh's name may be made to the Kincaid Cemetery Fund, in care of Gwendolyn Rexroad, 412 Buttermilk Road, Ireland, WV 26376.

 

Dorothy "Granny" Bright
Dorothy "Granny" Bright, 86, of 168 S. Kanawha St., Buckhannon, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.

She was born Sept. 4, 1916, at Weston, a daughter of the late Eli Monroe Marsh and Lucy Bird Ratliff Marsh.

Her husband, Homer Lee Bright, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one sister, Pearl Clifton of Weston; two grandsons, Mark Riggs and his wife, Margaret, of French Creek, and Gregory Riggs and his wife, Cheryl, of Buckhannon; three granddaughters, Susan Arey of Buckhannon, Robyn Simons and her husband, John, of Buckhannon, Jane Riggs and Derek Younkman of Bellefontaine, Ohio; two special nieces, Juanita Rossey of Jane Lew and Jo Edwards of Weston; one son-in-law, Dale F. Riggs; 5 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Rosalie Riggs; two sisters and seven brothers; her first husband, Russell Lantz; and her second husband, Charles Presley Gay.

Mrs. Bright was employed by C&P Telephone Company. She was also the former owner for 20 years of Maggie's Restaurant in Buckhannon, a favorite hangout for West Virginia Wesleyan College students and local residents. She was famous for her homemade pies in the 1970s and 1980s. She was a born-again Christian and a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 86; Buckhannon Elks Club 1736; Buckhannon Moose Lodge 598; WVF Post 3663; and the Upshur County Republican Women.

At the request of the deceased, the body will be cremated and there will be no public visitation or funeral. A private family memorial service, with the traditional scattering of the ashes, will be held at a later date. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

William Robert Brown
William Robert "Bob" Brown, 78, of 258-B Brown Road, Jane Lew, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

He was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Harrison County, a son of the late Samuel Oren and Mary Jane Law Brown.

His wife, Gearldine "Gerri" Brown, whom he married July 22, 1950, at Oakland, Md., survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert Boone Brown and his wife, Kim, of Jane Lew, and T. Michael Brown and Ann Hart of Bridgeport; one daughter, Cheryl Boner and her husband, Mike, of Jane Lew; seven grandchildren, Michael Todd Brown of Bridgeport, Amy Brown of Weston, Claire Brown of Jane Lew, Erin Boner and Adam Boner, both of Jane Lew, Devin Brown and Breanna Brown, both of Jane Lew.

Mr. Brown was assistant director of the Good Sams Camping Club and a charter member of the Lewis County Boot and Saddle Club. He was a longtime farmer and retired from Mason Glass Company at Jane Lew. He graduated from Unidis High School at West Milford; served in the United States Army during the Korean War; and attended Fairview United Methodist Church.

A funeral service was held Monday, June 16, at 1 p.m., at Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, with the Rev. William Hunt officiating. Burial followed in the Broad Run Cemetery.

 

Darrell Phillip Cable
Darrell Phillip Cable, 43, of Tallmansville, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at his home.

He was born July 28, 1959, at Lexington, Ky., a son of Robert Cable, who survives at Buckhannon, and Betty Upchurch Bush, who survives at Muncie, Ind.

His wife, Shiela Rena Russell Cable, whom he married Oct. 1, 1989, survives.

Also surviving are his stepmother, Chulita Cable of Buckhannon; a son, Aaron Phillip Cable of Tallmansville; a daughter, Sheena Racquel Cable of Tallmansville; four brothers, Robert Cable and his wife, Jill, of Buckhannon, Kenneth Cable and his wife, Brenda, of Charlotte, N.C., Christopher Cable and his wife, Vonda, of Elkins, and Tracy Eugene Cable of Bridgeport; two sisters, Teresa Martin and her husband, Paul, of New York, and Angela Murphy and her husband, Tim, of Fairmont; his paternal grandmother, Margaret Cable of Zachariah, Ky.; several nieces and nephews; one stepbrother, Thomas Bush of Indiana; two stepsisters, Charlotte Bush and Laura Baker, both of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph Cable.

Mr. Cable was employed at 84 Lumber. He was a member and trustee of Cutright Chapel and a member of Franklin Lodge #7 AF&AM.

A funeral service was held Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m., at Cutright Chapel, with the Rev. Bradley Tenney and the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating. Interment followed in the Cutright Chapel Cemetery at Queens. Gravesite rites were accorded by Franklin Lodge #7 AF&AM.

 

Sigel Walter Fleming
Sigel Walter Fleming, 82, of 121 W. Sixth St., Weston, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2003, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born July 6, 1920, at Weston, a son of the late Minor S. and Gertrude Mae (Clark) Fleming.

His wife, Harriet (Malone) Fleming, whom he married Aug. 13, 1953, preceded him in death Jan. 13, 1993.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Marissa Josie Smith and her husband, DaCosta Smith III, of Canonsburg, Pa., and Kista Jean Fleming of Springfield, Va.; two grandchildren, Leslie E. Cunningham and Joseph B. Cunningham; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Fleming, Paul Fleming, and his twin brother, Clifford Fleming; and two sisters, Theta Melba Fleming and Ava Dare Fleming.

Mr. Fleming was a retired surveyor with the West Virginia Department of Highways. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church; a former member of Weston Moose Lodge 1376; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

The body was cremated. A memorial service was held Monday, June 16, at 2 p.m., at Boyle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rupert Evans officiating. A committal service will be held at Machpelah Cemetery at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

 

French L. Hamner
French L. Hamner, 78, of HC 78, Rock Cave, died June 14, 2003.

He was born July 15, 1924, at Gaines, a son of the late Lloyd and Cosbie Strader Hamner.

His wife, the former Waneta Mae Gregory, whom he married in 1947 at Buckhannon, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Richard, Allen, Paul, Stanley and Steve Hamner, all of Gaines; three daughters, Nelva Lou Teter of Walkersville, Julia Rose Hamner of Gaines, and Lesa Faye Perrine of Gaines; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson; two sisters, Martha Daniels and Juanita Post, both of Buckhannon.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip Lloyd and Michael John Hamner; one daughter, Minnie Mae Hamner; three brothers, Henry Hamner, Max Hamner, and Harry Hamner; three sisters, Bertha Marley, Ruth Long, and Geneva Arnold.

Mr. Hamner was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and a member of Salem Ridge United Methodist Church. He was a carpenter and cabinet maker.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home in French Creek, with the Rev. Charlene Edwards officiating (the body will lie in state from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.). Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 

John J. Ocheltree
John J. Ocheltree, 73, died Monday, June 9, 2003.

He was born at Weston, a son of the late Draper "Ike" and Mabel Ocheltree.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia; children, John Daniel (and his wife, Dianne), Sandra P. Hensley, David W. (and his wife, Sherry), Timothy G. (and his wife, Karen), Mark S. (and his wife, Debbie), and Phillip D.; grandchildren, Christopher (and his wife, Erin), Bryan, Athena Hensley, Karlina (and her husband, Capt. Larry Helderman), Nathan Hensley, Matthew, Rebecca, Jacob, Jennifer, Timothy, Alex, Kevin, Johnmark, Melissa, Emily, and Eric; and great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Colten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ona Hinkle Ocheltree; and his son-in-law, Larry Hensley.

Mr. Ocheltree had been a resident of the Barberton, Ohio, area for 53 years. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox with 41 years of service and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

A funeral service was held Friday, June 13, at 1 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church of Barberton, Ohio, with Pastor James E. Caskey officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park. Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

Teresa Ann Skinner
Teresa Ann Skinner, 40, of Moraine, Ohio, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Ohio.

She was born April 21, 1963, at Weston, a daughter of the late Joseph Onley Smith and Ruth E. Smith of the Berlin community in Lewis County.

She was married to her husband, John Skinner, for 20 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Kelly Skinner, and one son, John Tyler Skinner, both at home; one brother, Michael Smith of Weston; one sister, Kathy Riffle of Weston; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mrs. Skinner was a bus driver for the West Carrollton Board of Education in West Carrollton, Ohio, and a member of the First Baptist Church of West Carrollton. She was a graduate of Lewis County High School and attended Fairmont State College.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 18, at 1 p.m., at Floyd Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger McKee officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mrs. Skinner's name may be made to Berlin United Methodist Church, 2866 Old Route 33, Horner, WV 26372.

 

David Warner
David E. "Dave" Warner, 51, of Wolcott, Ind., died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette, Ind., due to a brain aneurysm.

He was born June 9, 1952, at Coldwater, a son of Arden S. and Juanita Simms Warner.

Surviving are two daughters, Kristie Warner of Lafayette, Ind., and Mrs. Mickey (Terrie) Scowden of Delphi, Ind.; six sisters, Elizabeth Warner of Monticello, Ind., Mrs. James (Virginia) Green of Knoxville, Tenn., Mrs. Bill (Mary) Saltwell of Idaville, Ind., Mrs. Jay (Emma) Emelio of Clarksburg, Betty Warner of Yeoman, Ind., and Iva Haresty of Idaville, Ind.; two brothers, Lawrence Warner of Jane Lew and Arden E. Warner of Idaville, Ind.

A nephew is deceased.

Mr. Warner graduated from Lewis County High School in 1970 and had lived in the Wolcott community for 30 years. He was a nighttime supervisor at Dwyer Instruments Inc. in Wolcott. He loved to shoot pool and ride his Harley. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved to watch his grandson play T-ball.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello, Ind., with the Rev. Chris Dobson officiating. Burial followed in the Idaville Cemetery.


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